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I just got my desktop up and running, and I am planning a dual-boot with Windows XP X64 and Linux. However, I have tried using Linux on this system before and I had some problems. The distros I tried would not work with my widescreen monitor, so as soon as they tried to start X, I would lose my display. I finaly manged to get Ubuntu installed with my old CRT monitor, and then edit xorg.conf to support the widecreen, but thats a big hassel. The second problem I am having is that Ubuntu would not support my Bluetooth mouse/keyboard. Lastly, I have not been able to find any Linux drivers for my X-Fi. I heard that Ctrative will not release any untill Q2 07, but are there any 3rd party drivers avalible?

To sum it up, I am looking for a distro that supports widescreen monitors and bluetooth out of the box, and it would be great if I could find X-Fi support
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Ubuntu will I think,
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Have you tried any other distros like FC, Mandriva, or maybe even Gentoo? You have to try them out yourself, since no one can call you with certainty what will work with your hardware.
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Have you tried any other distros like FC, Mandriva, or maybe even Gentoo? You have to try them out yourself, since no one can call you with certainty what will work with your hardware.
I have tried FC5. It installed fine, but was streached, and the xorg.conf mod caused X to crash.

I know its hard to know what will support what hardware, but right now I am mainly trying to find one that will work with my widescreen monitor. I wouldnt think it would be to hard to figure out what distros support widescreen reses out of the box, would it?

And no, I have not tried Gentoo, as I was woried it would be to techincal for me. However, I have learned a LOT about linux in the last month, so if someone could shoot me a guid to getting up and running with Gentoo, I'm sure I could figure it out
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Originally Posted by SoaDMTGguy
I have tried FC5. It installed fine, but was streached, and the xorg.conf mod caused X to crash.

I know its hard to know what will support what hardware, but right now I am mainly trying to find one that will work with my widescreen monitor. I wouldnt think it would be to hard to figure out what distros support widescreen reses out of the box, would it?

And no, I have not tried Gentoo, as I was woried it would be to techincal for me. However, I have learned a LOT about linux in the last month, so if someone could shoot me a guid to getting up and running with Gentoo, I'm sure I could figure it out
The Gentoo Handbook will help with installing Gentoo. Lookie.
For the widescreen support I'd say google is your friend, try to find others that have had the same problem as you and see if they came to a solution.
I had a long hard time getting my LCD to work under linux too(with the main rig). But once I tried Gentoo, it worked. Try the Gentoo LiveCD and see if if works for you to.
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Usually all it takes is installing the appropiate grahics drivers to get full functionality. I'm surprised FC did not work for you, because I remember that on installation I gave me a crapload of display options, including widescreen resolutions (had to get rid of it because the xserver would act funny everytime I installed ATI drivers). The only distros so far that support my weird notebook display out-of-the-box (1280x768 weird no?) has been the *buntu ones and Mandriva.
You should give Gentoo a try, it's not that hard as some would make you think.
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Soad if you want to try Gentoo out, give this thing a look- I'm going to try it out myself soon enough too, that is if it works with my intel raid.

http://www.sabayonlinux.org/index.ph...d=16&Itemid=27

Its called Sabayon, and its a gentoo based distro that's supposedly a lot easier to install, with all the power user benefits from Gentoo...could be a perfect learning/working environment.

I also believe it used to be called RR4 linux.

EDIT: documentation is limited on sabayon's website, but I'm pretty sure you can use www.gentoo-wiki.com for any kind of issues you run into, as they haven't modified much of it it seems.

EDIT2: Gentoo also has a GUI installer version now... but I can't seem to find it. Its a livecd that you use to install it..much like ubuntu now.
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Originally Posted by Ch13f121
Soad if you want to try Gentoo out, give this thing a look- I'm going to try it out myself soon enough too, that is if it works with my intel raid.

http://www.sabayonlinux.org/index.ph...d=16&Itemid=27

Its called Sabayon, and its a gentoo based distro that's supposedly a lot easier to install, with all the power user benefits from Gentoo...could be a perfect learning/working environment.

I also believe it used to be called RR4 linux.

EDIT: documentation is limited on sabayon's website, but I'm pretty sure you can use www.gentoo-wiki.com for any kind of issues you run into, as they haven't modified much of it it seems.

EDIT2: Gentoo also has a GUI installer version now... but I can't seem to find it. Its a livecd that you use to install it..much like ubuntu now.
Yeah, I was going to install Sabayon when they released there last lastest version but never got to it. Its Gentoo but easy. The Gentoo GUI installer they say isn't made to make Gentoo any easier to install, just faster. I think its still got some bugs too. You'll learn way more if you do it the older way. Sabayon uses portage and that too. It did sound nice the last time I looked at it.
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There is no X-Fi support. I think Creative is working on some closed-source drivers, but they're still a ways off.
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Well...uhh, thought I'd report this on sabayon- I couldn't even get a damn visual, it'd go to laod up the desktop environment, and before it got to a desktop it went black and said "signal out of range"

So, as such, I went to mandriva 2007
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